Domenico Ursino ImageDomenico Ursino is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the DICEAM Department of the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria.

He is vice-rector, responsible of Information Technology, at the same University.

He teaches Databases, Software Engineering, Enterprise Information Systems and Big Data Analytics.

He was the co-supervisor of a PhD student at the Harbin Polytechnic (China) and the supervisor of four PhD students at the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria.

He is the supervisor of very numerous theses in Computer Engineering at the University of Calabria and the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria.

He was the founder and the responsible of the academic co-working laboratory “Barbiana 2.0” (

He co-operates in didactic and research projects with numerous national and international companies (e.g., Engineering, Aubay, NTT Data, Reply, Avanade and BV Tech).

He is an author of more than 160 papers published in prestigious national and international journals and conference proceedings.

He was a project revisor for MIUR, Qatar Research National Fund and Hong Kong University.

He was a founding member of RECLIFE s.r.l., a spin-off of the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria operating in the field of Augmented Reality.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of numerous international journals and of the Program Committee of numerous national and international conferences.

He participated to numerous national projects and, for some of them, he coordinated the research unit of the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria.

He realized several prototypal systems in the contests of information systems, social networking and social internetworking.

His main research activities regard Information Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Folksonomies and Social Internetworking.

As for Information Systems, his research activities focus on the interoperability of heterogeneous information sources. In particular, in this contest, he focuses on the following research issues:

  • Semi-automatic extraction of interschema properties existing among concepts belonging to information sources characterized by heterogeneous data representation formats and structuration degrees.
  • Extraction and representation of complex knowledge patterns among objects belonging to heterogeneous information sources.
  • Exploitation of interschema properties for constructing a global representation of involved information sources and usage of these last one in Cooperative Information Systems and Data Warehousing.

As for Artificial Intelligence, his research activities focus on recommender systems, user modeling techniques and intelligent agents.

As for folksonomies, he investigated the following research issues:

  • Definition of new approaches to supporting the tagging and the browsing of resources in a folksonomy.
  • Definition of new approaches for query expansion and for the enrichment of the profiles of the users and the involved resources in a folksonomy to improve the performance of the recommender systems operating on it.

As for social networking and social internetworking, he studied the following research issues:

  • Definition of new models for representing and handling social internetworking systems.
  • Definition of new approaches to recommending (based on specific queries and specific reference contexts) users, resources and social networks in a social internetworking system.
  • Application of Social Network Analysis techniques in complex socio-economic contexts (e.g., the evaluation of the research level of North-African countries or the evaluation of the innovation level of countries starting from patent analysis).